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Jill Hand

Home Improvements

BY JILL HAND

Danae left for work one morning only to return to find that her house was gone, fallen into a sinkhole. She stood on the sidewalk amid a gaggle of curious onlookers, staring at the place where her house used to be. There was nothing there now but a ragged hole in the ground cordoned off by wooden barricades strung with yellow police tape. All my stuff was in there, she thought dazedly. Not quite all. Danae’s cat, a black Persian named Evil George, was at the vet’s...